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Bold Sounds From São Paulo

A look at emerging artists from Brazil's largest city

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Brazilian hip hop star Criolo emerged from São Paulo's independent music scene The Brazilian hip hop star Criolo emerged from São Paulo's independent music scene (Courtest of the artist)

The Brazilian music world has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. After a deadly nightclub fire that took place Jan. 27 in the southern city of Santa Maria, authorities have been cracking down on safety violations across the country in advance of the annual Carnival season, which begins this week. Some cities have scaled back or even canceled their Carnival festivities.

With the tragedy in mind, we turn to a vibrant and exciting music community inside the vast metropolis of São Paulo. The scene there caught the attention of radio producers Marlon Bishop and Julia Furlan, both of whom have contributed to WNYC. They join us to share some of the artists, songs and creative spirits they encountered while making an hourlong Afropop Worldwide documentary called "The Soul of São Paulo: Rock, Rap and Future Music from the Endless City."

Here are just four of the artists that Marlon and Julia cover in their documentary.

Mallu Magalhães, "Sambinha Bom"

Julia: This is one of the songs I really like from her new album, Pitanga ... She's what I would say is a new version of MPB, or Brazilian popular music -- an artist that is young and new, but very much pushed by the real muscle of the Brazilian music industry.

Criolo - Não Existe Amor em SP

Marlon: The hip hop artist Criolo was one of the most important artists to emerge from São Paulo's independent scene ... He put out this album in 2011 called Nó Na Orelha, or "Knot in the Ear." It was kind of a breakthrough album because he mixed hip hop with Afrobeat, cumbia, jazz and trip hop. All sorts of different genres came together. This song's title means "Love Does Not Exist in São Paulo."

Lulina - Balada do Paulista

Julia: Lulina is from Olinda, Pernumbuco in the northeast, and she came to São Paulo. This song is making fun of the way Paulistas talk, including their very particular slang and their verbal tics.


Bixiga 70 - Grito de Paz

Marlon: Afrobeat has recently taken off in Brazil, which is funny because there are already so many Afro-Brazilian styles to draw on. But people are just now discovering [Nigerian bandleader] Fela Kuti because of Internet penetration and YouTube. Bixiga 70 is a big instrumental band with a lot of horn players doing a Latin American meets Brazilian meets Afrobeat instrumental music.




Marlon Bishop and Julia Furlan

Comments [3]

Julia Furlan from Brooklyn

Hey Amanda!

You can hear more from Holger -- including a lot more about their music -- in our documentary, which can be found here:

If you'd like, you can download Holger's music at:

Thanks for listening!


Feb. 04 2013 10:27 PM
Amanda from Williamsburg

Hey Holger was amazing! Where can we hear more? Can you post a link?

Feb. 04 2013 09:24 PM
Gary from Upper Left Side

John, I have to say the new "Soundcheck" website sucks. The "blog post" format just doesn't work for your content. WNYC's web designers have to go back to the drawing broad and figure out a better display of content. "Studio 360" has a much better design format.

Also, WNYC's management's idea to move "Soundcheck" from the 2:00 pm time slot was ill-advised. 9:00 pm is not a good slot for this type of show.

P.S. When will "The Takeaway" finally be cancelled? (Michelle Martin's "show" should be deleted as well.)

Feb. 04 2013 09:24 PM

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